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    Contest Piece: "Colosseum"

    This is the piece I submitted. I fixed some production/percussion and octave problems since I submitted it (it was muffled and hissy before), but this is the version with a few extra days of touch up.

    http://hopkins.composerarts.com/Colosseum.mp3

    "Colosseum" is the title, inspired by the Roman Colosseum. The music describes a Middle Eastern slave awakening under the Colosseum, being brought to the wooden elevator and raised into the daylight. He sees the grand theatre, with its billowing canopies (a detail that inspired the composition from watching a Nova episode), and is given to feelings of awe and majesty. He does not know his fate. Soon an animal parade begins, and he watches curiously. As he is fitted with weapons, the tempo quickens as he realises that he is to fight the beasts he has been admiring curiously!

    As the slave defends himself with spear and net, he begins to feel the thrill of battle, the grandeur of the Colloseum has enveloped him and is dictating his movements. But the Colloseum has a different fate in mind for our hero, and the battle soon becomes more fearsome. In a final show of aggression and self defense, the slave believes he will defeat the beasts. Just as he feels the most confident and aggressive, he is defeated. All glory and majesty are vanished, as blackness becomes the only reality and the gruesome nature of violence is revealed.
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    Re: Contest Piece: "Colosseum"

    Wow, Jesse....you write some astounding stuff yourself!!! This is just awesome! Love the middle eastern sound. Harmonic minor keys are wonderful things! This piece really does tell the story well. The orchestration is fantastic! Woodwinds, horns, percussion are so well done!

    Thanks for sharing. Got any more we can hear?

    Regards,
    Kin
    "Life is rarely fair..." - Garlan, of Thorandall
    http://pjdeakin.blogspot.com/

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    Re: Contest Piece: "Colosseum"

    Hey, I saw that Nova too. It gave me something to picture while listening.
    Good job!

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    Re: Contest Piece: "Colosseum"

    Wow, Jesse....you write some astounding stuff yourself!!! This is just awesome! Love the middle eastern sound. Harmonic minor keys are wonderful things! This piece really does tell the story well. The orchestration is fantastic! Woodwinds, horns, percussion are so well done!
    Thanks much. I wrote it in Overture back in 1998 (jeez I was only 23 then). I used Overture and Proteus II, and then started translating it to GPO a few days before the Contest was due. Unfortunately it wasn't really enough time but I submitted it anyway. This is the version I finished after a few more days of work.


    Thanks for sharing. Got any more we can hear?
    Sure! Here's another piece I'm working on now (only the first half is here) that I'll finish this weekend:

    http://hopkins.composerarts.com/Toolshed12-21-04.mp3

    And you can listen to many of my pieces, commercial and non, here:

    http://hopkins.composerarts.com
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